Definition of homestretch in US English:


(British home straight)


  • 1The concluding straight part of a racecourse.

    ‘he drifted in back of the pack halfway down the homestretch’
    • ‘Entering the home straight the pair have extended their lead to a comfortable 10 lengths.’
    • ‘Kieren Fallon's mount is going well turning into the home straight of the marathon race but looks as if he cannot get a clear run.’
    • ‘When you're coming down the home straight, the adrenaline carries you on.’
    • ‘We may not be the guy to beat coming down the homestretch, but we're doing well right now.’
    • ‘Heading into the homestretch it was Storm Hen on the outside, quickly catching up to the leader… Flame Song!’
    • ‘Free Spirit showed great turn of speed on the home straight of the 10-furlong race to win by two lengths.’
    • ‘Revelling in the fast conditions at Ascot, Falbrav takes the lead in the home straight and eats up the ground, finishing two lengths ahead of Russian Rhythm.’
    • ‘Coming down the homestretch with six laps to go Kristin Tudor puts Carrington into the lead.’
    • ‘The next time Royal carriages drive down the home straight at York racecourse they will be cheered on by thousands of race-goers.’
    • ‘Four years later in Sydney he was passed down the home straight by the unknown Kenyan Noah Ngeny.’
    • ‘Allen burst past Harrop as she turned into the home straight and broke the line seven seconds ahead of the beleaguered long-time leader.’
    • ‘The champion jockey kept the four-year-old in contention before grabbing the lead from Persian Punch in the home straight and powering on for home.’
    • ‘His long arms churning smoothly through the azure water, Thorpe passed Pieter van den Hoogenband in the homestretch, finishing with an Olympic record of 1 minute, 44.71 seconds.’
    • ‘But disaster struck coming down the home straight.’
    • ‘Spencer had taken his mount to the front in the home straight.’
    • ‘Might And Power, wearing protective boots on both front legs, broke sharply and advanced to fifth position nearing the final turn but had nothing left in the homestretch and steadily fell back in the final furlong.’
    • ‘Sanger explains that some horses are bothered by ‘the wall of sound they hit as they turn the corner into the homestretch in front of the grandstand.’’
    • ‘Mubtaker, who had held the lead into the home straight, was edged out into second spot while Irish hope High Chaparral had to settle for third.’
    • ‘Along the home straight of the track, time and time again he pushed himself to the point of exhaustion, his spiked shoes echoing around the empty stands.’
    • ‘However, another gap appeared entering the home straight and he easily went through it to beat the front-running Shabernak by half a length.’
    • ‘Going into the home straight, there was nothing to choose between the two, but over the closing 100 yards, the winner found the extra speed to take the race by three quarters of a length.’
    • ‘However, by the time the field turned into the home straight, he had been pegged back by the chasing pack.’
    • ‘The pair went neck-and-neck down the home straight but Truckers Tavern, ridden by Davy Russell, showed greater staying power to win by two-and-a-half lengths.’
    • ‘‘I was frightened to death coming up the home straight that someone would catch me,’ she said.’
    • ‘When the field turned into Churchill Downs' long homestretch, the horses stopped running and began staggering.’
    • ‘With everything she had left, Amie pulled herself around the turn, down the backstretch, past the steeple chase pit, and finally down the homestretch and across the line.’
    • ‘Coming into the home straight after a fast-paced race, Irish raider Helvetio moves to the head of the field and looks to be cruising.’
    • ‘The white colt took up the lead coming into the home straight but faded in the final furlong.’
    1. 1.1 The last part of an activity or campaign.
      ‘this was his last term, the home stretch’
      • ‘I'm in the home stretch on my projects and will return in a week or two.’
      • ‘Here in America, we have entered the home stretch of the campaign season.’
      • ‘As the campaign enters the home straight, the struggle to gain an advantage is likely to become even more rambunctious than it has been already.’
      • ‘This campaign has been really long, and it's now the home stretch.’
      • ‘I'm in the home stretch now - fourteen cities down, one city to go.’
      • ‘The special planning section of the Department of the Environment has been beefed up, with planners being drafted in from local authorities as the consultation phase of the spatial plan enters the home stretch.’
      • ‘Now in the home stretch of our placements, we worked to finish the projects we had started.’
      • ‘With the campaign in the home stretch, what else can the candidates do to win on Tuesday?’
      • ‘She is now on the home stretch, having travelled almost 28,000 km during her journey, which started in January.’
      • ‘So now we're in the homestretch, and I see it all with crystalline clarity.’
      • ‘‘It's been very difficult, but we're through with the worst of it and we're on the homestretch now,’ he added.’
      • ‘And today in Canberra, Alexander Downer says the negotiations entered the home stretch.’
      • ‘When the country is, hopefully, heading for the home stretch towards membership of the European Union, it cannot afford such question marks to be raised.’
      • ‘Anyway, we're into the home stretch here at work, and most of the semester exams have finished, so most of the students have gone home.’
      • ‘As presidential campaigning hits the home straight, Kerry's team has raised $186m compared with $228m for Bush.’
      • ‘As the nation enters the home stretch of the 2004 Presidential election, the campaign appears to be headed for a photo finish.’
      • ‘We were in the home stretch of our high school careers; June would bring graduation, separation and higher education.’
      • ‘Now that the debates are over, we're in the home stretch.’
      • ‘Everything really is fine and we're on the homestretch, I promise.’
      • ‘From about Thursday on, the home stretch of the course, spirits are high.’